Best Gaming Mice Reviews
A good gaming mouse can dramatically improve your performance in FPS, RTS, MOBA, and other competitive games which require precision and fast reaction. Find the best gaming mouse for your needs in my top ten gaming mice review.
When choosing a computer mouse for gaming, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- What grip style are you using: palm, claw, or fingertip? This determines the size and shape of the mouse you should look for: palm grip users prefer bigger mice, while claw grip fingertip grip users like smaller, lighter ones.
- What games are you playing mostly? MMORPG fans will probably want to get a mouse with lots of programmable buttons to bind their skills and spells to. On the other hand, the two basic buttons and the scroll wheel are usually enough for RTS gamers.
- What's your budget? If you don't have a lot of money to spend, don't despair - cheaper gaming mice with an optical sensor often perform just as well as the expensive laser ones, although they aren't capable of as high maximum DPI.
Then proceed to the best gaming mouse list below and choose your weapon of digital destruction!
#1. Razer Deathadder
The best palm grip mouse from Razer with a 6,400 DPI optical sensor
Who here hasn't heard of DeathAdder? It's definitely one of the most popular gaming mice on the market. Featuring ergonomic right hand design, 4G infrared sensor, 1000 Hz ultrapolling (1 ms response time) and above all, competitive price - you can't go wrong with this precise fragging tool from Razer. According to the company, this mouse also features one of the lowest lift-off distances around, a mere 1 mm, meaning the cursor won't "drift" when you lift your mouse.
Just keep in mind this mouse is pretty large: it's possibly the best mouse for palm grip, might be feasible for claw grip, but not really suitable for true fingertip grip due to the position where your thumb rests.
#2. SteelSeries Sensei [RAW]
Pro gaming mouse with a built-in profile, rubberized surface, and a classic shape
Sensei [RAW] is a new offering from SteelSeries: a top gaming mouse armed with a 5,670 DPI laser sensor, capable of registering a staggering 12,000 frames per second for maximum accuracy. The mouse is fully customizable and optimized for gaming with its adjustable prediction (aka angle snapping), polling rate, and sensitivity. Sensei has a classic mouse shape that should work with most grip styles, especially claw and finger.
The [RAW] version of Sensei is most likely the best gaming mouse from SteelSeries at this point. Unlike its pricier predecessor (named simply "Sensei"), it lacks some bells-and-whistles such as a built-in LED screen, 16.8 color LED illumination, and the option to double the CPI up to 11,400 (as if anyone needs to go that high). [RAW] makes up for it with a more reasonable price and a rubberized surface which feels great in your palm and provides a non-slippery grip, which will serve you well during those prolonged gaming sessions.
#3. Logitech G400s
A successor to the legendary MX518
The new Logitech G400s is a true successor to the classic Logitech MX518 gaming mouse. It has an upgraded optical sensor with more DPI, exactly the same shape of MX518 that gamers have come to love, and a non-sticky plastic coating (as much as I liked its predecessor, its smooth finish was quite annoying when my palms got sweaty). The button layout also stayed pretty much the same: two side buttons, scroll wheel, DPI+ and DPI- buttons, and a button for quick tab switch. If you are looking for an MX518 alternative or upgrade, this is the way to go. The price is also quite affordable, and the mouse doesn't have any glowing logos or LEDs for those who dislike that stuff.
Note: this mouse used to have some jitter issues with Logitech Gaming Software installed, but they are now fixed. If you are using LGS, make sure to update it to the latest version. It's also best to use native CPI settings (400/800/2000/4000) to avoid interpolation.
#4. Roccat Kone XTD
8,000 DPI laser, 576 KB onboard memory, and adjustable weights
Kone XTD is the best gaming mouse offered by German manufacturer Roccat, which is unsurprising given that it's their flagsghip product. It uses the same laser sensor (Avago ADNS-9800, basically an upgraded version of A9500) as MLG Sensei. This device does have some positive acceleration, but that is unavoidable for laser sensors in general. The advantages are very high sensitivity and accuracy, as well as no angle snapping.
XTD boasts a number of non-essential but cool features, like programmable macros, multicolor light system, customizable weight (4 x 5 g), and optional sound feedback when performing on-the-fly DPI adjustments or switching the on-board profiles. All that is put into a rugged ergonomic shell for right-handers. This is definitely an excellent mouse, but its price isn't low, either. Kone XTD is rather large (13.5 cm x 7.8 cm x 4 cm) and should suit palm grippers and people with large hands quite well. Most people will like the rubberized soft-touch surface, too.
#5. Razer Abyssus
Possibly the best fingertip grip mouse out there: light, small and accurate
The Abyssus is the best fingertip grip mouse currently offered by Razer. It's small, light and ambidextrous (symmetrical) which makes it perfect for precise control with your fingers. It is recommended to couple it with a control mouse mat, such as the Razer Goliathus. Keep in mind that this Razer Abyssus mouse does not have any thumb buttons, which probably won't be a problem for RTS or FPS gamers, but might be unacceptable for MMORPG fans who need more buttons to bind their skills.
#6. Zowie FK1
Ambidextrous claw grip mouse with avago ADNS 3310 sensor
Zowie Gear is a manufacturer of competitive gaming hardware which is known to focus on quality and essentials rather than marketing gimmicks. This philosophy is reflected in the new Zowie FK1, an ambidextrous mouse aimed at claw grippers in general and FPS gamers in particular. It features an optical Avago ADNS 3310 sensor (same as Sensei Rival), pleasant coating, flexible rubber-coated cable, adjustable DPI and USB polling rate without additional software, and a low lift-off distance. As expected, there's no LED illumination and other non-essential extras.
Like all Zowie mice, FK1 uses Huano switches. Compared to the widely-used Omrons, these are a bit harder to press, which can be a plus or a minus depending on your preference.
#7. Mad Catz R.A.T. 9
One of the best wireless gaming mice with twin-eye laser sensor
If you want to get the very best wireless gaming mouse, look no further than R.A.T. 9 from Mad Catz. Long gone are the days when wireless mice were considered inferior for gaming. R.A.T. 9 has 1 ms response time which is on par with the best wired ones. It is a unique mouse due to the solid metal frame, custom weights and 3 interchangeable grips / palm rests, allowing you to fine tune the feel of the mouse to perfection.
Another rare trait is its usage of a Phillips PLN sensor rather than ever-popular Avago or PixArt. These "Doppler shift" laser sensors operate on a different principle than image capture sensors, and have their own quirks. The older PLN 2032 sensor was infamous for its Z-axis bug, but fortunately PLN 2033 (used in new R.A.T. mice from 5 to 9) is much better in this regard.
The only big downside of this impressive product is its rather steep price. If you want to save some money and don't mind the wire, take a look at R.A.T. 7 instead.
#8. Mionix Naos 8200
Comfortable right hand design, custom weight system and 8k DPI
This wired gaming mouse from Mionix has some of the most comfortable ergonomic designs for right-handers I've ever seen. Your hand is fully supported by the mouse, so palming it feels just natural. It has a 8,200 DPI laser sensor (the new Avago 9800), adjustable LED illumination with 16.8M colors, and 7 programmable buttons in total. Add in a braided cable, rubber grips, and PTFE mouse feet, and all high-end gaming mouse features are covered.
Mionix boasts about compatibility with all kinds of surfaces, so you probably don't have to worry about tracking problems or negative acceleration on this one (although a plastic mouse pad is still recommended for laser sensors).
#9. Razer Naga
The only mouse with 17 programmable buttons
Naga is a powerful gaming mouse from Razer made specifically for MMO games. It boasts an accurate laser sensor, anti-slip rubber grips, and a lightweight braided cable. But what makes this mouse really stand out is its 12 thumb button grid. FPS or RTS gamers won't ever need that many functions, but MMORPG fans will love being able to bind any skills and macros to one of the 12 extra buttons, accessed easily with their thumb. Razer also offers custom add-ons for the most popular MMORPG games. However, a gaming mouse with all these features doesn't come cheap.
#10. CM Storm Inferno
Twin doppler laser sensor capable of up to 6 m/s tracking speed
Cooler Master is better known for their computer cases and coolers. However, it turns out they know how to create good gaming mice as well. The best features of Storm Inferno include an accurate laser sensor with up to 50g acceleration, non-slip texture on the sides for a stable grip, and 128 Kb on-board memory. This is a mouse built with MMO gamers in mind, so it comes as no surprise that it has 11 buttons in total, and the ability to program and execute complex macros and scripts. It is best suited for claw grip if you have big hands, or palm grip otherwise.The laser sensor of Cooler Master Storm Inferno can be a bit capricious, so you'll need a good hard mousepad.
Mouse Grip Style Poll
anonymous on February 14, 2014:
Some excellent choices here! Good work!
Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer from Hedgesville, WV on December 28, 2013:
In awe Chadrew, level 80 woot woot please come and bless me you giant winged thing you
jack101010 on December 22, 2013:
Great list never even knew before that there were gaming mice!
masterofgamespt on December 17, 2013:
Imo razer's are still the best for gaming.
astinax on December 10, 2013:
I have the mad catz RAT and it really is an amazing mouse, it's comfy and all. Playing actions games and FPS like battlefield is a real pleasure, I love the ability to change the sensitivity on the fly, like when you're in the middle of a game and for example you change weapon so you need another sensitivity this mouse just allows you to do that ! And there is a mouse profile editor and tons of downloadable premade profiles for a wide range of games ! I really recommend it to hardcore players, or even graphic designer with the sensitivity button.
Scorpiongod LM on December 02, 2013:
Great list, but what you think about Corsair Vengeance M60? I'm using it in my Gaming PC. :)
QualifiedExpert on September 30, 2013:
I have the Logitech G9X and I gotta say I love it. Very smooth mouse and I usually do great in FPS games. Thanks for sharing :)
anonymous on September 11, 2013:
I bought myself the Cm storm inferno and IIts a great gaming mouse...
anonymous on September 05, 2013:
Nice I love gaming and will buy one of these for sure
EzLoanLookUp LM on August 26, 2013:
I really like the stuff logitech puts out. Good lens
vanthang012 on August 21, 2013:
Lietuviz on August 20, 2013:
My favorite gaming gear is Razer so i tried Abyssus and Death Ddder, but Death Adder was too big so i bought Razer Abyssus and happy cause it's comfortbale and smaller than Death Adder. Nice lens a lot of good gaming mices.
anonymous on August 09, 2013:
I currently use the Razer Abyssus... Most comfortable for me and my fingertip grip style.
keyo91 on July 19, 2013:
Razer Naga is one of the best gaming mouse I have ever had. I would recommend it for any pc gamer.
seodress on June 23, 2013:
Love some of them.
johnonsquidoo on June 19, 2013:
I've been looking for a new mouse, the razer has been on my hitlist for a while.
GameHelp on June 17, 2013:
I've heard a lot of good things about roccat.
Thanks for posting this.
nicolekato on June 14, 2013:
I love my Mionix Naos 5000
lifemastermind on June 02, 2013:
My favourite mouse I have used is zowie mico, not many people have heard of it and its so good.
pinoyrecipe on May 26, 2013:
i'm using Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 9 as of now, i really like it
MikePark15 on May 22, 2013:
I seem to be the only one who doesn't enjoy the Deathadder. It seems a tad chunky for my liking a little lacking on grip.
I was a happy Naga user for a long time, but my dependecny on it made sudden out-of-home play sessions near impossible without it. I switched to a SteelSeries Kana after finding the MMO7 a little tough to hold but eventually went the way of the button-heavy Logitech G600 as a way to mourn the loss of tmy Naga.
I don't use the buttons half as much as I did with the Naga. And that's good. They get their uses, but I manage to avoid the dependacny again. It just had a couple of ergonmical issues setting it back.
If you're looking for a mouse for general gaming, I'd recommed the Corsair M60 or Steelseries Sensei - or the Kana if you're strapped for cash.
In MMO terms I'd recommend the Naga in a heartbeat.
leibwood on April 27, 2013:
The Logitech G400 would be perfect for my kid. Thanks for curating some really nice gaming mice in this lens.
anonymous on April 25, 2013:
I've tried a few. I found RAT 7 really unconfortable, even with the almost endless adjustments on it. On paper it's great but in my hand... well. I have the Razer Naga, most confortable thing I ever had. Just. Perfect. I learned to use the macro buttons on the side and I must say that in games such SC2 it's a great advantage. Also the 2012 model has 3 right side that you can change for the grip you prefer, palm, finger tips or claw. I also tried the Logitech G600 to replace it, Nice mouse, but the software that run it(similar to Synapse) is a buggy piece of crap. I needed to force close it for every button I remapped or color change applied. Returned it after 2 days to upgrade my 2.5yo Naga to a 2012 model. Don't change what is working they say...
Tonyro on April 20, 2013:
Nice lens, good info for a fellow gamer :D
tigerbait on April 16, 2013:
Great Lens Thumbs Up
vinopete on March 19, 2013:
Thank you for this! The right mouse is key for gaming.
EdwardMartin1133 on March 14, 2013:
My G500 just died so I'm gonna have to go with MX518
OrganicMom247 on March 12, 2013:
anonymous on March 10, 2013:
Gigglesmith on March 09, 2013:
I use palm grip since it's the most comfortable!
bmcmlf on March 07, 2013:
Love my asus mice, but it's definitely time for a new one.
JessStone on February 27, 2013:
I have been looking for top mice for gaming and its very confusing, this lens clears it up!
BestForTheMoneyz on February 26, 2013:
nice lens I must say I do enjoy Microsoft ones a lot
IntelliMouse 2.0. Having a great mice and keyboard makes a world of difference.
anonymous on February 23, 2013:
HughLasso on February 18, 2013:
Razer naga = #1
GeorgeDornty on February 15, 2013:
Good lens for anyone looking to get a new mouse!
anonymous on February 11, 2013:
Very good lens !
anonymous on February 10, 2013:
don't buy logitech g400. yes its good mouse, but most common problem is cable, after month maybe two is broken... just keep disconnecting...
norbertwise on February 08, 2013:
Kudos for mentioning the MX518.
tasterevenge on February 07, 2013:
okay wtf is this a joke ??? roccatsÂ´konextd is the best gaming mice 2013 its like a small computer did have razerdeath adder it was a okay mice btw roccat is ten times better so number 1 is roccatxtd for me just lock and see att the site roccat konextd
georgedemich on February 05, 2013:
Razer mice = king!
CharlesGotFired on February 03, 2013:
Very nice lens. Me likey
wordpress-guru on January 31, 2013:
wow nice !
DanielTorri on January 30, 2013:
G400, but no G500? oh well close enough
chonkqa on January 30, 2013:
Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is One of the best wireless gaming mice with twin eye laser sensor. This is very great!
anonymous on January 28, 2013:
i don't know about the naga. i have come to find that the logitech g600 is far better.
john9229 on January 27, 2013:
Thanks for sharing the great gaming mice, I should get it to replace my old USB mouse.
TheLogic on January 26, 2013:
In the market for a new mouse since I have a really old wired mouse.
CarynWilliamson on January 25, 2013:
The MX518 is an excellent mouse.
mrknowitall54321 on January 21, 2013:
great lens, fantastic products
ThanhQuach on January 20, 2013:
Saitek Cyborg look like a product for transformer series
thrashdeth on January 18, 2013:
Cool selection of mice right there
anonymous on January 16, 2013:
i wish the ps3 would bring out a perfect gaming mouse. a great lens, nice, clean and simple.
Dennis40 on January 14, 2013:
@anonymous: To each his own. This happen when you only lool at negative reviews
jonijones on January 12, 2013:
It look so great, i have a very normal mice..
mizanurrahman1 lm on January 11, 2013:
awesome leans for gammer..
uttv_LT on January 06, 2013:
Awesome lens! :)))
TarahFlesch on January 04, 2013:
Nice lens! :)
RafaelRais on December 23, 2012:
This lens... is... awesome!!!
TwistedWiseman on December 20, 2012:
I need to get me one of these!
IssacAlouf on December 19, 2012:
Love it :D
forextrading2000 on December 16, 2012:
I'd got impressed with this cool lens. Thank you
mistaben on December 13, 2012:
Good selections of gaming mice =)
alanforts on December 13, 2012:
Where is Razer Naga?
Im using it for SC2
anonymous on December 09, 2012:
thanks for the list really helpful
i found a perfect mouse for me!
anonymous on December 05, 2012:
NAGA HEX BEST MOUSE
Russell Winkley from Adelaide on November 21, 2012:
nice lense , really like some of the mouses
realestatebeiru1 on November 21, 2012:
i have the logitech g400 it is nice gaming mouse
Markwell1 on November 19, 2012:
Any top gaming mice list with Deathadder mice at the top is A-ok with me! I might be a bit subjective though :).
anonymous on November 13, 2012:
@RandalForbes: it's a very good mouse with an exstreme good laser, but the wire however, does very easly brake, i've had 2 of them trust me :).
GlennHilario50 on November 12, 2012:
Nice lens, very impressive ;)
anonymous on November 12, 2012:
A lot of the Amazon reviews are suggestive that these mice aren't even worth looking at...
adrianjohnstone on November 08, 2012:
Very nice lens, thanks for sharing!
EliseSaenphimmacha on November 07, 2012:
I love mice!
anonymous on November 07, 2012:
@ShelleyDavenpor1: You playinÂ´ sc2? Im using razor naga for alot, FPS, MMO and ofc strategy, it works well for anything in my opinion! So if you are using hotkeys alot, i would reccomand Razor Naga.
yollobalono on November 05, 2012:
Just ordered the Razor one from your Amazon link its coming in 3 days. Supposed to be a Christmas present - doubt it will stay in the box that long ahaha
RandalForbes on November 04, 2012:
Logitech G9X is the one for me. Soon will be in my hands :)
anonymous on November 01, 2012:
nice work man ;) razer imperator 2k12 is amazing for me .
ShelleyDavenpor1 on October 31, 2012:
I've got the Razer Abyssus and it's awesome! great little mouse for some SC2 action
The One Stop Shop on October 27, 2012:
anonymous on October 26, 2012:
Idk when this was posted but I just bought the Feenix Nascita and it should certainly be on here... It's by far the best mouse I've ever used and I was using the deathadder before and this is a huge upgrade. Anyway, its easily the best mouse I've ever used you should check it out
albinozebra lm on October 26, 2012:
Nice lens. Maybe a razer abyssus would help my counter strike skills, i blame my current mouse for my terrible kill/death ratio...
MariannMroczkowski on October 23, 2012:
This lens is really great... nice job!
CristianStan on October 23, 2012:
The Saitek is the best. Admittedly, the pricing is a bit steep but it's fast and wireless. Plus, it's a lot more sexier.
pinoyrecipe on October 22, 2012:
those lists are really great, I'm planning to have one.
pinoyrecipe on October 22, 2012:
those lists are really great, I'm planning to have one.
anonymous on October 21, 2012:
no dynex? D:
anonymous on October 21, 2012:
Great choices of mice!
NicholasSteedmans on October 20, 2012:
anonymous on October 15, 2012:
G500 have a bug on updated driver, can't customize because isn't compatible with g500 g700 g9x etc.. need disc version (Setpoint 5.2).. DeathAdder the best choice in this times.
anonymous on October 11, 2012:
Razer DeathAdder ALL. THE. WAY.
sandratan on October 09, 2012:
I like ROCCAT Kone+, Excellent form and execution, but plagued with quality issues.
dustypratillo on October 04, 2012:
Zhivko Stanev from Bulgaria on October 04, 2012:
I bought the Razer Abyssus recently but it is too small for my hand. My advice is to ALWAYS check a mouse personally before you buy it.
anonymous on October 01, 2012:
i use gaming usb controllers rather than mice but if i plan to buy i will move to Roccat Kone+
EstebanCramblet on September 30, 2012:
thememorybooksh1 on September 29, 2012:
Very Nice and informative lens.
Reputation Mana on September 27, 2012:
This lens is so good I'd almost say it's perfect :) nice job!
Tracy R Atkins on September 26, 2012:
Another +1 on the Razer Deathadder!
anonymous on September 25, 2012:
@anonymous: just try abyssus